Plan to Tie Obama to Rev. Wright Rejected by GOP Super-PAC

Justin Sink, The Hill, May 17, 2012

A proposal from a GOP-leaning super-PAC to run attack ads against President Obama based on his relationship with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was floated and rejected within hours on Thursday.

Both Mitt Romney and Obama’s campaign denounced the ad proposal after it was reported in The New York Times Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, the Ending Spending Action Fund super-PAC, run by billionaire Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts, put out a statement rejecting the plan to spend $10 million to link Obama and Wright in a “big, attention-arresting way.”

The proposal “reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take. Mr. Ricketts intends to work hard to help elect a President this fall who shares his commitment to economic responsibility, but his efforts are and will continue to be focused entirely on questions of fiscal policy, not attacks that seek to divide us socially or culturally,” according to a statement from the Ending Spending Action Fund.

Romney personally repudiated the super-PAC’s plan in an interview with the blog Town Hall.

“I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they’ve described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity—particularly for those in the middle class of America,” he said.

The Obama campaign was first to respond to the report, accusing Romney of reacting “tepidly in a moment that required moral leadership.”

“This morning’s story revealed the appalling lengths to which Republican operatives and super-PACs apparently are willing to go to tear down the President and elect Mitt Romney.  The blueprint for a hate-filled, divisive campaign of character assassination speaks for itself,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in a statement.


Even though the super-PAC rejected plans to run the ads, it has brought Wright, and memories about his controversial sermons, back to the forefront of the presidential race.

Wright’s sermons, which included controversial remarks about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, were a huge campaign issue in the 2008 race.

Several Republican operatives were angry that Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP nominee that cycle, did not use Wright in his attacks against Obama.

The proposal by Ricketts’s super-PAC noted the plan would “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” according to the Times. {snip}


The concept for the ad campaign was developed by Republican media guru Fred Davis, who made the 2008 ad comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and unsuccessfully pushed McCain to attack Obama for his ties to Wright. He’s also known for the “Demon Sheep” ad that went viral two years ago.

Davis, in a statement, emphasized his plan was merely a proposal.

“The document referred to in today’s New York Times story was one proposal prepared and submitted by Strategic Perception Inc. The Ricketts family never approved it, and nothing has happened on it since the presentation,” he said.

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  • “Don’t expect any excitement from this nominee.  [Romney’s] whole strategy from now until November is going to be nothing more than simply being the other guy on the ballot while Obama and/or the world screws up.”

    –Me, April 24

    • This is why Democrats were delighted when Romney got in the  lead.  Well no nation lasts    forever and America is no exception.  I hope the Nazis win at least they had the trains run on time and forced everyone to polish there boots.

  • Oil Can Harry

    How racist and divisive it would be to remind voters that Obama spent 20 years giving standing ovations to a racist and divisive minister.

    All while letting the same demogogue perform his wedding ceremony, baptize his children and provide the name of his book The Audacity Of Hope.

  • libertarian1234

    Republicans just don’t know how to fight guerilla wars.

    I suppose the establishment Republicans are behind this.  You know the same ones we know as “Democrats light?”

  • Francis Galton

    Meanwhile, Romney is constantly being smeared for being part of an organization (the Mormon Church) that explicitly excluded blacks until relatively recently.  That’s quite tame compared to Obama’s MANY radical, anti-White associations.     

    • The__Bobster

      “I can remember when I heard about the change being made. I was driving home from — I think it was law school, but I was driving home — going through the Fresh Pond rotary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I heard it on the radio and I pulled over and literally wept.

      – M. Romney

  • Southern__Hoosier

     Romney was quite willing to attack his Republican opponents, but not Comrade Obama. Romney will take the moral high ground and stick to the issues.  That is why Romney will loose.

  • Major

    “not attacks that seek to divide us socially or culturally,”..

    Right. Whoever said that ought to made a Mexican catcher on the border. Like we’re not that already and will into the next 100 generations.

    And there lies the difference between a lying, socialist Islamist loving, Taquia spouting Chicago thug surrounded by Ayers, Wrights, Hoffas and Axelrods…and a white Christian who turns the other cheek. Well wake up Mitt…cause you’re going to get kicked to the ground and between your knees while you turn the other cheek. Go after these toads like you went after your own in the debates. And you’ll feel better too.

  • Celestial_Time

    How quickly would Romney be attacked if he were on record for befriending Jared Taylor and attending AmRen conferences? He wouldn’t be attacked from just the Left; he would also be attacked with just as much ferocity by the Right. Is this really a moral or ethical issue with Romney, or is this just another PC quagmire that never protects the interests of White people, just because it could shine a light on the depravity of black people?

    It really shouldn’t shock anyone that the mechanism that controls the actions of the Right is essentially doing things in much the same manner as the mechanism that controls the Left. Anyone who actually pays attention should be able to see this.

    But people aren’t really paying attention, now are they?

    This is why White people who slavishly follow Right/Left politics NEVER do anything but take two steps back for every step forward.

  • Romney will be the former nominee for President just like John McCain

    Romney will not attack Obama the way he attacked members of his own party.  Obama will be a sure shoo in if Romney gets the nomination.  

    The Law states that candidates are not to have any control over what their PACs do.

  • radical7

    The fact is that the people who would be enthralled with such sinister, racially inflammatory, sleazy material are the type of individuals who were not going to vote for Obama no matter what. They are already in the Romney camp.

    Such an effort was stupid and dead on arrival from the outset.

    • Celestial_Time

      Yet such sinister, racially inflammatory, sleazy material is extremely abundant with Obama’s connection to people like Wright and Ayers. Are you saying that those enlightened Obama supporters actually support the “sinister, racially inflammatory, sleazy material” that is a huge part of Obama?

      I’m not quite sure what point you’re trying to make. Hell, I’m not even sure you know what point you’re trying to make either.

      • The__Bobster

        Jamal has a point. He usually wears a hat to cover it.

        • Sherman_McCoy

          Or pants to cover his tail?

    • The only people seeing wright speak that might change their votes is white liberals. Its not like anything shown could make more blacks vote for obonga

      • radical7

        I would say that most liberals, Black,White. Hispanic etc… could/can see through this charade for what it is. It will not impact their voting decision.

        • Celestial_Time

          A charade involves lies, deception, distortion, etc……so maybe you should act like an adult and explain what the charade is. Can you do that?

    •  You would be amazed to know that there are a lot of people who don’t know any of this.  We know the Obama-Jeremiah Wright connections, because we have been paying attention.

      But there are a lot of people, voters in fact, who won’t ever know this until they see it on some ad during a commercial break for their stupid sitcoms about two dimwits tending bar in order to maintain a horse in New York City.

      • The__Bobster

        One of those dimwits is a now-poor blonde with an eeeevil criminal White father who got rich cheating the little people. However, she’s not nearly as bad, since she will have a one night stand with an ugly Shinto she doesn’t even know when the mood strikes her.

    • Flagged for trolling.
      Someone ban this clown already…..

  • Hirschibold

    Trying to draw a link between Jeremiah Wright and Obama is just so dishonest. Just because a man goes to a church for two decades, has a reverend marry him and his wife, and then takes the title of his autobiography from one of the aforementioned reverend’s sermons doesn’t necessarily mean that a relationship exists between the two men. Now let’s get back to the rumors that Romney took lunch money from a fellow student in the 8th grade.

    • Celestial_Time

       The really sad part is that Romney himself would probably rather talk about the rumors of stolen lunch money than he would the fact of Obama’s connections.

      I’m sorry, Conservatives, but you should never send in a boy to do a man’s job.

    • Dont forget the guy he took lunch money from was gay. Actually that reminds me of the jewish gay guys that offer to pay money to lick skinheads boots.

      • Hirschibold

        As they used to say on 4chan, “pics or it didn’t happen.”

        •  From the outfit that invented the duckroll, which was the progenitor to the Rickroll.

  • That would open they eyes of any liberal whites that might vote for obongo. Are they worried that the spots would make more blacks vote for him?

    • Celestial_Time

       It would especially open their eyes if they were to use the anti-American/anti-White rhetoric that he enshrouded himself in for decades as a way to explain:

      – Why Obama and Holder are so adamant about excluding White people from their sacred Hate Crime laws.
      – Why the blind eye was turned in the New Black Panthers case.
      – Why Obama injected himself into the Trayvon “would look like my son” Martin incident(something no White man, let alone a President would ever do in a racially charged situation).

      You have to be dumb as a bag of rocks to not see that Obama & Co. are lying when they try to pretend that people like Wright and Ayers were an inconsequential part of his life. They are very much at work through his actions.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        Why would it open the liberals’ eyes?  Many share those opinions.

  • radical7

    Question diversity wrote:” You would be amazed to know that there are a lot of people who don’t know any of this.  We know the Obama-Jeremiah Wright connections, because we have been paying attention.But there are a lot of people, voters in fact, who won’t ever know this until they see it on some ad during a commercial break for their stupid sitcoms about two dimwits tending bar in order to maintain a horse in New York City.”I agree with you that there are a lot of STUPID SITCOMS on television.

  • radical7

    Celestial Time stated:”A charade involves lies, deception, distortion, etc……so maybe you should act like an adult and explain what the charade is. Can you do that?”

    You know exactly what I am saying. I doubt that your comprehension skills are that deficient or elementary. On the other hand…?

    • Celestial_Time

      So your failure to explain what makes a charade a charade means you normally get away with being obtuse and deflective? Maybe you’re just the smartest guy in your group and people don’t seem to question you too much, so you get used to saying things without even the slightest ability to back it up.

      I really wish they would block your IP until you learn how to use the Reply button, and learn how to respond to questions about the accusations you make.

  • Church_of_Jed

    “I speak for White Humanity when I declare our White leaders are thoroughly unworthy of their Whiteness. They are discredit to their race and should be excommunicated from our community. Throw them over the barricades to the awaiting Diversity, and make sure the cameras are rolling…”

    -Rev. Jed DeValleysim, “Racial activism is our White birth right,” 1996

  • As always, there is a horrible double standard here.

    So you really think that any White candidate would not be the target of round the clock negative reporting 24/7 if they dared to even step foot into a Christian Identity Church one time?  Yet Obama spent over 20 years going to something very similar  and somehow that’s off limits for discussion.

    The Republicans are cowards.  But sadly in this envorment they are the only sem-acceptable choice.  So once I again, as was the case in the last few elections, I will be holding my nose and voting against a candidate rather than FOR one.

  • Johnny Reb

    There’s a REAL GOOD argument to be made for Romney sticking to just attacking Obama’s record:  Economy, debt, health care, unemployment, etc.

    The Obama media can’t ignore those attacks like they can others.

    Wright is 2008 election-cycle news.  It didn’t work then and probably won’t have much impact today coming from the GOP.  There are plenty of surrogates (like Sean Hannity)  who can tell the Wright story.

    •  Another theory:  Romney is rejecting it in the spring so he can have plausible deniability in October when some third party does TV buys showing Jeremiah Wright screaming “G-D America US of KKK-A.”  A la the Swift Boat.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Maybe, Reb.  But I have little hope that ANYTHING Romney attempts to do will help the US economy.

      Unless it be protectionist tariffs on goods from slave labor countries, repatriation of all illegals, drastic reduction in spending on the parasites, removal of all L1 and H1B visa holders, 100% tax on all services offshored to places like India, replacement of the income tax with aforementioned tariffs, and the stationing of our troops on the Mexican border (rather than places in the middle east).

  • Johnny Reb

    I agree that we need a crusader but I’m not sure this indicates cowardice so much as it does good judgment. 

    Romney will win by selling himself as the businessman man who can fix the economy and put people back to work.  Any attack not about that is a distraction and makes him “just another Washington politician”  playing dirty.

    This was a smart move.

    Besides, others will pick this up and run with it.  Romney knows the story’s out there regardless of what he does.

    Win-win for him.


    • Sherman_McCoy

      He’d better have a believable agenda.

      •  The fact that he doesn’t is more of a feature than a bug.  I voted Ron Paul (but I don’t worship him), but I marginally prefer Romney to Gingrich or Santorum because Romney is a political whore without any real convictions, while G and S are hard core incorrigible unrepentant neo-cons, invade-invite the worlders and philo-Semites.

        Translation:  Romney can be talked out of or pressured out of invading Iran, G and S already had their minds made up.

        • Sherman_McCoy

          I too, voted RP.  I believe that were his fiscal policies to be put into action, welfare payments to parasites would cease and the illegals would make themselves scarce, even if RP favors open borders.

  • McLame DID THIS SAME pussyfooting around Maobama in 08.

    Republicrats are DETERMINED to play a rigged game
    and hand it BACK to Him in 12

  •  Obama has had nothing to do with Wright since he became President.

    Because Wright was too much of a hot potato.  Obama “needed” Wright when he was trying to develop street cred in ghetto Chicago, but dumped him when he found out that white people didn’t want to elect street cred as President.

    Wright has kept a low profile.

    I wonder why.  Could it be that hush money that Obama’s campaign stuffed in Wright’s mouth?  If what John Edwards did was a Federal crime, then that reads like a Federal crime.

    The GOP should concentrate on Al Sharpton, Eric “My People Holder”, Black flash mobs, Black crime.

    As if Jeremiah Wright is so much different from Sharpton and Holder.

    White voters responded to the Willie Horton adverts that elected George Bush Sr.

    Wright = Willie Horton

  • ageofknowledge

    I only have one comment:

  • Celestial_Time

    Perfect example of why I say never send in a boy to do a man’s job.

    I’m not sure what kind of cowardice absolves a mountain of lies by declaring an expiration date on the truth, but it’s certainly not the kind of integrity and revolution I aspire to emulate.

    Let me know how GOP part deux turns out.

  • Robert11110

    I was really excited about the presidential elections until Santorum dropped out.  I really don’t think Romney is going to win the election anyhow and mainly because the base is not going to turn out to vote for someone whose record in Massachusetts looks like Obama’s record.  This is a guy who supported the homosexual agenda while governor, invented the $50 abortion and was for gun restrictions.  Now all of a sudden, he’s trying to make himself into a conservative and then reverting back to a liberal depending on who he talks to at the moment.    On top of that his religion poses a problem for the millions of Christian Evangelicals out there.  If I were betting I’d say Romney will be 2012’s McCain.

  • Mutant_Swarm

    So the Republicans are already making plans to throw the election, huh?

    Marvelous. Pardon me while I clean my rifle.

  • splitsing

     I agree regarding the Republican party, but disagree regarding Conservatives.  Lots of race realists identify as conservative.

  • eunometic

     Meanwhile in planet reality another post on Amren ” 
    Revving Up the Race Card, Washington Times” Liberals wouldn’t use it if it didn’t work.  details that a Soros funded group is coaching Democrats to smear the Republicans as racists.

    Anyone notice how the Obama campaign so easily and effectively takes the moral high ground despite being loaded with moral hypocrisy and race hatred.

    Neocon Republican strategists have become total, reactive fools who think that attacking from the left and sticking to Marquis of Queensbury rules will save them.

    • Celestial_Time

      Call it the Reft or the Light; whatever the case may be, they are essentially two different arms of the same beast.

      Give them the illusion of choice, then they’ll break their backs trying to separate the truth from lies, good from bad. It really doesn’t matter if you stick them in a fishbowl full of nothing but lies or not, they’ll expend their energy trying to prove someone else wrong. It should come as no surprise then that the two dump all over White people in different(but equally effective) methods to keep White people from standing up against PC/Multiculturalism lies.

  •  Sorry, I’ll have to include myself in the pathetic category for once.  I still can’t grok the near impossibility of him being born in Kenya.  I do agree with what the Arizona Secretary of State is doing for, it will end up exposing one of two things:  Either that that you’re right and I’m wrong and he was born in Kenya, or that he wasn’t and has been a stone cold liar/opportunist for most of his adult life.

  • JohnEngelman

    From what I have read of  Rev. Jeremiah Wright he is a charismatic guy. Nevertheless, it was foolish for a Democratic politician, especially a black one, who is dependent on white votes, to be associated with him. 
    At the same time, this is old news. Those for whom this is an issue have already decided to vote against the President. Moderate swing voters will probably be repelled by raising this issue. 

  • jack ryan

    I request that mods not publish wild, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that harken back to the old Spotlight Magazine. These CT cranks are always pushing some wild, alternative view of events in the past that will supposedly catch on and REVERSE THE COURSE OF HISTORY – the CTs usually fall down in to wild paranoid nonsense that might as well come out of the 1950s Sci Fi movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

    Obama was elected President in 2008, no one here is going to reverse that election based on some CT about  a birth certificate. If we White Americans don’t get our act together very soon, Obama is going to be elected again this year – then he will appoint more White hating cabinet members like Eric My People Holder, appoint more Supreme Court Justices like Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

    It’s time to let these strange obsessions with the past g0.

    The past is history, time to focus on the present. The present is a gift.

  • jack ryan

    Token Finn writes:

    “What I dislike is the fact that mainstream conservatives are so wholly opposed to even entertaining the sheer possibility of Obama not being american born, just because they are afraid to be “out there”. 

    Jack Ryan responds:

    When “out there” comes off as being crazy, paranoid, conspiracy mongering nut cases, loners, societal misfits, conspiracy theory obsessed mental cases – yeah, it’s best not to go too far……. “out there”.

  • splitsing

     Talk-show hosts and all media types are scum and must tow a PC line.  These are not leaders.